Requirements for sailing abroad (France)
Ship’s Radio Licence
International Radio Regulations say that each vessel owned or operated by a UK Citizen or UK Registered, which has a radio onboard, must have a valid Ships Radio Licence.
You must carry you marine insurance cover note with you as many European countries will ask for evidence of insurance cover. It is important to check the territorial limits of your cover before undertaking any trip, as you may need to extend the cruising limits. Some countries also require a translation of the cover note which your insurance broker should be able to provide.
Proof of VAT paid
Proof of VAT paid may be required by some EU custom officials.
The vessel must be registered on either Part I or Part III (SSR) of the register of British Shipping and have on board the original registration document, photocopies are not acceptable.
Please remember that The Merchant Shipping Acts state that all vessels must wear their proper national colours when entering or leaving a foreign port. Even if the Red Ensign is not being worn, it should be carried on board at all times. When in foreign ports it is also customary to fly the maritime flag of the country being visited. A courtesy Ensign is a smaller version of a normal Ensign. It should be flown in the second most senior position on board.
Skippers of British registered boats do not require an International Certificate of Competence (ICC) when cruising in French coastal waters. However, if you are planning on going inland then you must have your ICC with your CEVNI inland endorsement.
Every crew member on board requires a passport.
VHF Operators Cert.
If you have a radio and accompanying ships licence one crew member must have a valid VHF Maritime Operators Certificate.
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(Sources: RYA and various other sites)